A fund-raising effort by Windermere’s Caroline Kaye has netted almost £8000 for charity.
After crossing the finish line in London, she joined husband Jonathan to draw the winning ticket in a raffle which had been part of her fund-raising. By chance the winner, Brian Godfrey, checked in at the hotel a couple of days later.
He won a two-night stay with dinner at the Cedar Manor, a one-month personal training plan from Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson, and a sports remedial massage from Sarah Todd. Both Helen and Sarah helped Caroline prepare to run the Marathon.
Her tally of £7760 is still growing. Her effort in the Great North Run was the highest in the country for Lupus UK, and Caroline was one of the top 5% charity fundraisers in 2014 using the Just Giving online scheme. She also sold more than 2000 raffle tickets.
“I wanted to do a marathon before my 50th birthday, and I managed it by just a couple of weeks,” said Caroline, who completed the race in just over five hours. “It was a fantastic experience and I want to do it again next year.”
She added: “My daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 15, six years ago. I hadn’t heard about the condition and it’s still little known. Lupus is an incurable disease whereby the immune system attacks the body, and its organs; the skin, blood, brain, heart lungs are affected and it manifests itself in different ways.
“Natalie is a sufferer but appears normal and has a “normal” life, with what we call flare-ups, when the disease attacks her. She has a special doctor who looks after her at St Thomas’s Hospital London. So it’s really important to me to help Lupus UK research causes and possible cures.”